ching to the South, on a line east of the Blue Ridge, which had been selected by General McClellan partly because it would secure him the largest accession of force and partly because the President had always been in favor of it. His purpose was to march his army to a point where it could derive its supplies from the Manassas Gap Railway, and where it could be held in hand ready for action or movement in any direction.
On the 7th of November the several corps of the army were at or near Warrenton, and, as General McClellan says, in admirable condition and spirits.
I doubt whether during the whole period — that I had the honor to command the Army of the Potomac, it was in such excellent condition to light a great battle.
Of the Confederate army, Longstreet's corps was in front at Culpepper, and the remaining portion was west of the Blue Ridge, near Chester's and Thornton's Gaps. General McClellan's plan was to separate the two wings of the enemy's forces, and either beat Longstree